So much about the coming hearings into the Benghazi tragedy will be worth noting. First, what the president knew and when he knew it will be the key to this whole fiasco. Few with an understanding of how such national security events work believe he 1) didn’t know what was happening in real-time and 2) that he didn’t know it was a terrorist attack. As Col. David Hunt told a radio interviewer recently, the entire operational arm of the government is made aware of the situation on the ground immediately when American interests are under siege.
Almost as interesting will be how the politics play out. Obama, of course, will have to worry that Republican majority in the House might seek impeachment over the findings, which are sure to embarrass–at the least–the White House. Second, it will be interesting to see just how much more Hillary Clinton is willing to fall on her sword for this president. She did so two weeks ago, but that was in the face of a presidential election. With Obama re-elected, her willingness to be his fall-person will be weighed against her own future designs on the White House. With Obama’s friend Deval Patrick reportedly interest in the Oval Office, the amity between Obama and Clinton could soon turn to enmity. Finally, Sen John Kerry, who will be leading hearings, is set to become Clinton’s replacement at State. It’s unlikely that he’ll allow the president to be embarrassed in the hearings, but that might lead to some heated criticism from the Republicans. All told, there will be much to look for in the coming month.